A revised and updated version of
Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography 1857-2010 by Tjitze Kuipers (2011)

You can buy a printed edition of this book on the site of the publisher.


De drie formulieren van eenigheid, gelijk die voor de gereformeerde kerken dezer landen zijn vastgesteld in haar laatstgehouden Nationale Synode. Uitgegeven voor gemeentelijk gebruik door Dr. A. Kuyper.
Amsterdam, J.H. Kruyt 1883 (Amsterdam, Koninkl. Nederl. Stoomdrukkerij). XVI, 102, [1] pp., 17cm.—unbd. ƒ0.35 (25 copies ƒ7.50; 50 copies ƒ12.50), bd. ƒ0.45 (25 copies ƒ10.-; 50 copies ƒ19.-).
Run: 5,000.
Published: December 1883.
Preface dated: Amsterdam, November 15, 1883.
2nd edition of: 1883.02.
Title edition, see: 1883.10.
Next printing, see: 1884.05.
Binding: cloth spine; printed boards; cut in boards
ET: The three forms of unity, as they were appointed for the Reformed Churches of this nation in its last National Synod. Published by Dr. A. Kuyper for congregational use.

The typeface, size, and the omission of the text of the Church Order of Dordt made this edition cheaper than 1883.02 and therefore more widely accessible. Since the edition was intended primarily for use in catechism classes, as gifts for those who made public confession of faith, and for diaconal and Bible schools, the publishers also held down the price by printing the booklet in a smaller format and on lower quality paper.

The preface urges readers to acquaint themselves with the forms of unity and indicates briefly for whom this edition is intended. The meaning and significance of the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt are subsequently described in a simple and pithy manner.

Only one reprint followed (1885.02) and an edition that included the “Compendium of the Christian Religion” (1884.05) subsequently became the catechism book for at least three generations of Gereformeerden in the Netherlands.

Kuyper opposed the use of pastors’ self-published catechetical booklets because of their great diversity (see De Heraut, no. 206, December 4, 1881). It is likely for this reason that he printed a cautionary piece against the use of catechetical booklets by Voetius without commentary in De Heraut, no. 272, March 11, 1883 just before the publication of 1883.02. See also the remarkable change in the preface of 1885.02, his remark in 1886.24 (p. 107), the introduction to 1892.06, and the preface of the eighth printing in 1892.08.